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Anti-racist campaigner Gus John quits CoE advisory body

LEADING anti-racist campaigner Gus John has quit a Church of England advisory body after Archbishop Justin Welby supported the Chief Rabbi’s “unjust” criticism of Labour.

The academic and author said he would no longer serve as a lay member of the church’s minority ethnic committee after Mr Welby backed the unprecedented move by British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

Mr Mirvis effectively called on British Jews not to vote Labour in next week’s election, claiming the party had not done enough to root out anti-semitism.

The Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted in support: “That the Chief Rabbi should be compelled to make such an unprecedented statement at this time ought to alert us to the deep sense of insecurity and fear felt by many British Jews.

“They should be able to live in accordance with their beliefs and freely express their culture and faith.”

In a letter to Elizabeth Henry, the church’s national adviser on minority ethic issues, Mr John warned: “Those who occupy houses clad with stained glass should perhaps be a trifle more careful when they join others in throwing stones.”

He said: “As a matter of principle, I cannot continue to work with the Anglican church … after the Archbishop of Canterbury’s disgraceful endorsement of the Chief Rabbi’s unjust condemnation of Jeremy Corbyn and the entire Labour Party.”

In a further statement, Mr John added: “What gives the Archbishop of Canterbury the right to endorse the Chief Rabbi’s scaremongering about Corbyn and adopt such a lofty moral position in defence of the Jewish population?”


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